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Disc Golf:

(Above - Disc golf course at Lake Walcott State Park)

The historic use of "flying discs" has been noted throughout the world, so it is difficult to pin point exactly when and where disc golf started. What we do know, is that in 1976 "Steady" Ed Headrick started the Disc Golf Association and is coined with the popularity of modern disc golf and many frisbee sports. 

Idaho state parks are jumping on the disc golf train and new courses are popping up all over the state.

Check out these parks that host disc golf courses:

Hells Gate State Park near Lewiston, ID
Lake Walcott State Park near Burley, ID 
Farragut State Park near Coeur d' Alene, ID
Massacre Rocks State Park near Pocatello, ID 
 

 

Wildflowers:

(Above - Bumblebee on aster at Ponderosa State Park)

Spring has sprung and with it comes flowers! The blooming of plants and wildflowers is undoubtedly one of the most magical parts of spring. Wildflowers can be found at any of your Idaho state parks and recreation areas. 

Castle Rocks State Park Manager, Wallace Keck, has been posting images of wildflowers as the bloom in the park. To see his recent posts, visit their Facebook page by clicking here

Many parks host events featuring wildflower hikes, crafts, and more. Check back to this page frequently for an updated list of wildflower related events.

Current Wildflower Events, 2019:


Fishing:

(Above - Family fishing at Bruneau Dunes State Park)

 

Fishing season is here! Well, if you haven't been ice fishing all winter... then fishing season is here! Did you know that Idaho has more than 26,000 miles of rivers and streams, along with 3,000 natural lakes, and more than 250,000 acres of ponds and reservoirs? That's a lot of fishing! But before you go, make sure you have everything you need to legally fish in Idaho. 

 

Visit Idaho Fish & Game's webpage for a list of fishing requirements. 

Many of our state parks are great locations for your next big catch. Here's a list of parks with excellent fishing opportunities:

 
Fish Stocking: Idaho Fish & Game stocks over 30 million fish per year, for an updated stocking schedule, click here.
 

Off-Highway Vehicles:

 

(Above - View from a trail near Bayhorse - part of Land of the Yankee Fork State Park)
 
Are you ready to dust off that motorbike that's been sitting in your garage all winter? We are too! But before you hit the trails (on your motorbike, horse, bicycle, or feet!), be sure to check the conditions. Spring means rain, rain means mud, and mud can mean trail erosion. This could lead to the destruction of both the trail and the surrounding environment, especially when you're toting heavy ATVs and four-wheelers. 
 
This is the perfect time of year to take a FREE Motor Vehicle Safety Course. These courses are hosted state-wide, all season long. For a complete list of upcoming classes, click here.
 
For more information on Off-Highway Vehicles, visit the webpage.
 
Looking for a new place to ride? Check out our Online Trail Mapping System here
 

 


 

Recreation in Idaho State Parks varies by season. 

Planning Your Summer Vacation

The nine-month reservation window is now open, meaning you can book stays for up to nine months in advanced. Don't waste your time worrying whether you're going to get a campsite or not--plan ahead and have one ready when you get there. We have tent and RV sites, cabins, houses, and yurts available year-round (weather dependent) so no matter what kind of camper you are--there is a campsite for you.

Reservations can be made toll-free by phone at: 1-888-922-6743 (Agents are available 7 days a week, Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 7:00pm Mountain Standard Time and Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm Mountain Time) or online here.


(Above - Camping lakeside at Lake Cascade State Park)

Springtime Adventures:

 
With warmer weather comes a whole myriad of activities to try. We have compiled a list of some springtime adventures for you to try out on our blog site. Click here or the image below to be redirected to the blog post.
 

Where to Ride Your OHV in Idaho

 

Thanks to OHV certificate of number fees, an online trail mapping program allows you to browse the entire state of Idaho for motorbike, ATV, UTV and jeep trails. You can calculate distances, download and print maps or export your trail map to Google Earth or GPS.

 

 

 

Did you know?

When you purchase your certificate of number for your OHV, the fees collected go towards OHV education, safety programs, and trails. Click here to number your OHV.


The Idaho State Parks Passport: Your State Park Saving Option!

The Idaho State Parks Passport allows Idaho motorists to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker allows participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 



My Boat

What's Required?

No Yes


Three Options for Boating Education:
 

1. Free Boating Safety Class. View the current listing of classes here and contact the instructor as directed. 

***If you don't see a class listed for your area, please email us a request.

2. Home Study. Review materials and take a test in the comfort of your own home at your own pace (no cost). To receive study materials, call 208-514-2412 or email us.

3. Online Education. The following vendors are approved for the state of Idaho (fees may apply). 

Power Boating Economic Impact Study [2016]

Read study here

Life Jacket Loaner Stations 

 

Find a Life Jacket Loaner Station near you!

 

Answers to Common Questions

Boating in Idaho FAQs

Videos

 

Resources

 

The purpose of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation's Boating Program is to educate the public in safe boating practices, ethics and legal requirements in order to prevent fatalities and damage relating to recreational boating accidents and to provide the necessary training for sheriff marine deputies to enforce Idaho boating laws.

See all Boating events


Introducing The Idaho Adventure Map, an even easier way to plan your Idaho State Park vacations!

How to use: 

- Select the Full Screen option in the bottom right hand corner
- In the top right, select the Activity, Region, and Season that you are interested in 
- For example, you want to find all parks in South-Central Idaho that host a Junior Ranger Program. After making your selections, you'll find that City of Rocks, Castle Rocks, and Massacre Rocks all have a Junior Ranger Program in your area.

Tips:

Be sure to read the complete list of activities for each park you select. For example, if you selected Junior Ranger and Fishing in South-Central Idaho, then Lake Walcott will appear, because it has Fishing as an option, but not because it has a Junior Ranger Program. The Activity Selections will be for any park that has any of your preferred activities.

 


Idaho Parks and Recreation Trail Map Program

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation's Trail Map program is a mapping application that offers printable maps of trails for hikers, bikers, Nordic skiers, and motorcycle and ATV riders.  
 
Hiking trails fall under the non-motorized category and are designated by a red-dashed triangles.  
 
Click here to access the program: http://trails.idaho.gov.
 

Hiking in Idaho State Parks

Idaho state parks in every region of the state have excellent opportunities for hiking and learning about the natural and historical significance of the environment. Visit these Idaho state parks for exceptional hiking opportunities:
 

Disc Golf:

(Above - Disc golf course at Lake Walcott State Park)

The historic use of "flying discs" has been noted throughout the world, so it is difficult to pin point exactly when and where disc golf started. What we do know, is that in 1976 "Steady" Ed Headrick started the Disc Golf Association and is coined with the popularity of modern disc golf and many frisbee sports. 

Idaho state parks are jumping on the disc golf train and new courses are popping up all over the state.

Check out these parks that host disc golf courses:

Hells Gate State Park near Lewiston, ID
Lake Walcott State Park near Burley, ID 
Farragut State Park near Coeur d' Alene, ID
Massacre Rocks State Park near Pocatello, ID 
 

 

Wildflowers:

(Above - Bumblebee on aster at Ponderosa State Park)

Spring has sprung and with it comes flowers! The blooming of plants and wildflowers is undoubtedly one of the most magical parts of spring. Wildflowers can be found at any of your Idaho state parks and recreation areas. 

Castle Rocks State Park Manager, Wallace Keck, has been posting images of wildflowers as the bloom in the park. To see his recent posts, visit their Facebook page by clicking here

Many parks host events featuring wildflower hikes, crafts, and more. Check back to this page frequently for an updated list of wildflower related events.

Current Wildflower Events, 2019:


Fishing:

(Above - Family fishing at Bruneau Dunes State Park)

 

Fishing season is here! Well, if you haven't been ice fishing all winter... then fishing season is here! Did you know that Idaho has more than 26,000 miles of rivers and streams, along with 3,000 natural lakes, and more than 250,000 acres of ponds and reservoirs? That's a lot of fishing! But before you go, make sure you have everything you need to legally fish in Idaho. 

 

Visit Idaho Fish & Game's webpage for a list of fishing requirements. 

Many of our state parks are great locations for your next big catch. Here's a list of parks with excellent fishing opportunities:

 
Fish Stocking: Idaho Fish & Game stocks over 30 million fish per year, for an updated stocking schedule, click here.
 

Off-Highway Vehicles:

 

(Above - View from a trail near Bayhorse - part of Land of the Yankee Fork State Park)
 
Are you ready to dust off that motorbike that's been sitting in your garage all winter? We are too! But before you hit the trails (on your motorbike, horse, bicycle, or feet!), be sure to check the conditions. Spring means rain, rain means mud, and mud can mean trail erosion. This could lead to the destruction of both the trail and the surrounding environment, especially when you're toting heavy ATVs and four-wheelers. 
 
This is the perfect time of year to take a FREE Motor Vehicle Safety Course. These courses are hosted state-wide, all season long. For a complete list of upcoming classes, click here.
 
For more information on Off-Highway Vehicles, visit the webpage.
 
Looking for a new place to ride? Check out our Online Trail Mapping System here
 

 


 

Recreation in Idaho State Parks varies by season. 

Planning Your Summer Vacation

The nine-month reservation window is now open, meaning you can book stays for up to nine months in advanced. Don't waste your time worrying whether you're going to get a campsite or not--plan ahead and have one ready when you get there. We have tent and RV sites, cabins, houses, and yurts available year-round (weather dependent) so no matter what kind of camper you are--there is a campsite for you.

Reservations can be made toll-free by phone at: 1-888-922-6743 (Agents are available 7 days a week, Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 7:00pm Mountain Standard Time and Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm Mountain Time) or online here.


(Above - Camping lakeside at Lake Cascade State Park)

Springtime Adventures:

 
With warmer weather comes a whole myriad of activities to try. We have compiled a list of some springtime adventures for you to try out on our blog site. Click here or the image below to be redirected to the blog post.
 

Where to Ride Your OHV in Idaho

 

Thanks to OHV certificate of number fees, an online trail mapping program allows you to browse the entire state of Idaho for motorbike, ATV, UTV and jeep trails. You can calculate distances, download and print maps or export your trail map to Google Earth or GPS.

 

 

 

Did you know?

When you purchase your certificate of number for your OHV, the fees collected go towards OHV education, safety programs, and trails. Click here to number your OHV.

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Your State Park Saving Option!

The Idaho State Parks Passport allows Idaho motorists to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker allows participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 

My Boat

What's Required?

No Yes


Three Options for Boating Education:
 

1. Free Boating Safety Class. View the current listing of classes here and contact the instructor as directed. 

***If you don't see a class listed for your area, please email us a request.

2. Home Study. Review materials and take a test in the comfort of your own home at your own pace (no cost). To receive study materials, call 208-514-2412 or email us.

3. Online Education. The following vendors are approved for the state of Idaho (fees may apply). 

Power Boating Economic Impact Study [2016]

Read study here

Life Jacket Loaner Stations 

 

Find a Life Jacket Loaner Station near you!

 

Answers to Common Questions

Boating in Idaho FAQs

Videos

 

Resources

 

The purpose of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation's Boating Program is to educate the public in safe boating practices, ethics and legal requirements in order to prevent fatalities and damage relating to recreational boating accidents and to provide the necessary training for sheriff marine deputies to enforce Idaho boating laws.

See all Boating events

Introducing The Idaho Adventure Map, an even easier way to plan your Idaho State Park vacations!

How to use: 

- Select the Full Screen option in the bottom right hand corner
- In the top right, select the Activity, Region, and Season that you are interested in 
- For example, you want to find all parks in South-Central Idaho that host a Junior Ranger Program. After making your selections, you'll find that City of Rocks, Castle Rocks, and Massacre Rocks all have a Junior Ranger Program in your area.

Tips:

Be sure to read the complete list of activities for each park you select. For example, if you selected Junior Ranger and Fishing in South-Central Idaho, then Lake Walcott will appear, because it has Fishing as an option, but not because it has a Junior Ranger Program. The Activity Selections will be for any park that has any of your preferred activities.

 

Idaho Parks and Recreation Trail Map Program

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation's Trail Map program is a mapping application that offers printable maps of trails for hikers, bikers, Nordic skiers, and motorcycle and ATV riders.  
 
Hiking trails fall under the non-motorized category and are designated by a red-dashed triangles.  
 
Click here to access the program: http://trails.idaho.gov.
 

Hiking in Idaho State Parks

Idaho state parks in every region of the state have excellent opportunities for hiking and learning about the natural and historical significance of the environment. Visit these Idaho state parks for exceptional hiking opportunities: